F/A-18F

I’m doubling down on the painting part of the model making. This is the most fun part of the whole process for me.

I’ve used 6 layers in this model. First, the entire model is painted gloss white. Then silver as the metallic base layer. Two shades of transparent blue on top to create shiny metallic blue painting. A layer of special paint to add a hint of pearly green tone in reflection, finally finished by a gloss clear coat as if the whole thing isn’t shiny enough. I’m very happy with the outcome. This is my best work so far, as you can see my excitement in the way I’m geeking out!

I do the painting work in my backyard with a gas mask now. Those paints use thinner and it smells pretty badly. The unfortunate downside of doing it in the backyard is that the wet paint tends to attract dust. This time, a tiny insect found its way to the wet paint and made itself a permanent part of this model.

I’m starting to realize there aren’t that many modern US warplanes left anymore.

More pictures on Flickr.

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